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Miller Canfield Attorney Receives State Bar Award for Public Service

September 16, 2002

The law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C. is pleased to announce that Saul A. Green has been selected by the State Bar of Michigan as the 2002 recipient of the Frank J. Kelley Distinguished Public Servant Award. The award is given to a Michigan attorney holding elected or appointive office for outstanding public service and is voted on by the State Bar’s Board of Commissioners. Green will receive the award on September 27 at the State Bar’s Award Breakfast.

Green resides in Miller Canfield’s Detroit office and serves as Senior Counsel. He is a former United States Attorney for the U.S. District Court-Eastern District of Michigan and during his many years of public service, has held the positions of Wayne County Corporation Counsel; Chief Counsel, United States Department of Housing and Urban Development, Detroit Field Office; and Assistant U.S. Attorney.

As U.S. Attorney, he established four "Weed and Seed" sites to "weed" out crime and disorder and sow the "seeds" of positive community influences, Drug Education For Youth Camps (DEFY), and sponsorship of an Explorer Scouts troop. He also was a founder of the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes, and Advocates and Leaders For Police And Community Trust (ALPACT). In March 2002, he was awarded the Federal Bar Association’s McCree Award for courage, humanity, achievement, and leadership.

"Miller Canfield appreciates Saul’s continued commitment to public service," said Thomas W. Linn, Miller Canfield's CEO. "He is very deserving of this honor and joins a distinguished group of recipients – Former President Gerald Ford, Justice Dorothy Comstock Riley, and former Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley have received the award."

Green joined Miller Canfield in September 2001 and leads the Minority Business Group and the new Corporate Crime Group. He coordinates the firm's anti-racial profiling education and training programs for public law enforcement agencies and private sector retailers, and practices litigation and dispute resolution with an emphasis on alternative dispute resolution, white collar crime, and labor and minority business law.

He has received other awards including the 1989 University of Michigan Alumni Association Distinguished Service Award and the 1994 Leonard F. Sain Esteemed Alumni Award. He is a past president of the Wolverine Bar Association and received its Trailblazer Award in 1991. He chaired the State Bar Committee on the Expansion of Under-represented Groups in the Law for many years and is a fellow for the State Bar Foundation and the American Bar Association foundation. In 1999, he was awarded the State Bar Champion of Justice Award and was appointed by the Michigan Supreme Court to the Attorney Grievance Commission in 1990.

Green received both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Michigan. A lifelong resident of the city of Detroit, he is a life member of the NAACP and an active member of Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church.

Celebrating its 150th anniversary, the 300-attorney law firm of Miller, Canfield, Paddock and Stone, P.L.C., was established in Detroit in 1852 and has offices in Ann Arbor, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Howell, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Monroe, Troy, Pensacola, Florida; Washington, D.C.; New York City; Windsor, Ontario; and in Gdynia, Katowice, and Warsaw, Poland. Visit